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Old 01-14-2006, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Newb question, but is there a way for me to wipe out all my crap on my hard drive except keep my OS from being wiped out? Of course, if this was possible, it would be an option through your operating system, no? I have windows xp professional. Is it possible?
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Old 01-14-2006, 02:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Clensing a HD takes all data with it.
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Old 01-14-2006, 03:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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create a new user account, then log into it and delete the old one. when it ask you, choose delete files too
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What's the point of wiping everything clean, except the OS? Reformatting and putting Windows back on does the same thing.

If you're worried about losing data, just back them up on CD's or DVD's.
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You can do this:

XP Repair install

Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.
When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see the options below
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft
Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console). I repeat, do not choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R".
Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.
Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, read this Warning#2!
Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

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1. Start your computer.
2. Insert the Windows XP CD in your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
3. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP page, click Install Windows XP.
4. On the Welcome to Windows Setup page, click Upgrade (Recommended) in the Installation Type box (if it is not already selected), and then click Next.
5. On the License Agreement page, click I accept this agreement, and then click Next.
6. On the Your Product Key page, type the 25-character product key in the Product key boxes, and then click Next.
7. On the Get Updated Setup Files page, select the option that you want, and then click Next.
8. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP.
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Old 01-14-2006, 06:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm thinking that he got a computer from somebody and he want to erase their profile and files and create his own, but he doesn't want to format as he probably doesn't have an xp disc
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